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Brendan Steele

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/5/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175

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Brendan Steele hopes the third time is the charm as he prepares for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.
Steele is 0-for-2 at The Open, missing the cut in 2014 and then again last year. He's yet to record a round of par or better in this event, signing rounds of 74-80 and then 73-76 in four tries. This time around he ranks 14th in the FedExCup race after a 17-for-19 start to the season. He currently ranks inside the top 50 in three-of-four strokes gained categories with putting being the only "weakness." Steele ranks 97th in that regard. Strong form meeting poor event history makes Steele a very interesting name to watch this week. Jul 18 - 12:55 PM

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World No. 53 Brendan Steele signed for a 3-under-par 33-36=69 after the third round of the 117th U.S. Open for a 54-hole total of 7-under 209, up three spots on the live leaderboard to T10, five adrift of clubhouse leader Justin Thomas.

The 34-year-old striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, recording 1.571 putts per GIR, the current leader in the latter with a cumulative 1.459. He went out in 3-under, sandwiching back-to-back squares at holes 3 and 4 with birdies at 2, 5-7, and 9. The UC-Riverside alum reached 9-under total with his sixth and seventh circles of the round at 14 and 15, but concluded his scoring with double bogey-6 at 17 after taking five to get on the surface. His split featured five from between eight and 21 feet, and took 28 total putts.
Jun 17 - 7:06 PM

World No. 53 Brendan Steele fashioned a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the second round of the 117th U.S. Open to reach 4-under 140, up 21 places to T8 with play still in progress.

This is the 34-year-old's third U.S. Open, chasing a missed cut in 2013 with T15 last year (71-71-70-73). It's his 11th overall major appearance with a best of T12 at the 2015 PGA Championship. The UC-Riverside alum opened with 71 on nine (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, buoyed by eagle-2 (from 49'9") at the drivable par-4 second. He hit nine fairways and 13 GIR in R2, outpacing four bogeys with seven birdies, posting 1.462 putts per GIR and 3.768 SG: Putting, the current leader in the former with a cumulative 1.391.
Jun 16 - 2:16 PM

World No. 60 Brendan Steele styled a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to finish up on 5-under 283, up 13 places on the live leaderboard to T7 and matching the low round in the clubhouse with Dustin Johnson. UPDATE: With play completed, Steele finished T6 and his 68 stayed tied for the low round.

This was the 34-year-old's seventh appearance and first top 25. His previous best was T26 in 2014 (69-73-75-67). After kicking off in 69-71-75, the UC-Riverside alum began on 1-under (T20), eight adrift of the overnight co-leaders and three shy of the overnight top 10. He landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, gaining 2.743 strokes tee-to-green and 5.612 strokes better than the field average. The Californian squared three bogeys, overshadowed by seven birdies, four from between 14 and 19 feet, walking off with a 10-incher after stiffing his approach from 146 yards out. In R4, he posted a stellar 1.400 putts per GIR and 2.870 SG: Putting en route to his seventh top 25 of the season in 15 starts and third top 10, first since T6 at the CareerBuilder back in January.
May 14 - 5:54 PM

Brendan Steele settled for a 1-under-par 36-35=71 during the second round of THE PLAYERS, but still maintains a spot inside the top 10 on 4-under 140.

Steele traded five birdies with two bogeys on day one, but couldn't get the scoring started today. His flat stick was working in round two, but unfortunately two of the notable putts were to save par or bogey. He walked off the course gaining 1.854 strokes putting after losing 0.188 strokes approaching-the-green. Making his seventh appearance at this event, he is still searching for his first top 25 here (T26, 2014 being the best).
May 12 - 7:15 PM

Brendan Steele styled a 3-under-par 35-34=69 during the opening round of THE PLAYERS, positioning himself two strokes off the early leader William McGirt.

Steele split 10 (of 14) fairways on his way toward 14 greens in regulation. His flat stick roller-coastered throughout the round. He drilled birdie putts from 29'11" and 17'3" but also missed birdie opportunities from 3'4", 6'7", and 7'5" in addition to an 11'2" eagle attempt that he let slip by. Making his seventh appearance at THE PLAYERS, Steele has finished outside the top 50 in five of his last six visits with a T26 in 2014 being the highlight.
May 11 - 3:40 PM

Past champion Brendan Steele will be making his seventh appearance at the Valero Texas Open as he takes on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks Course this week.

Steele won this event during his 2011 debut, proving that course knowledge is sometimes not necessary. Since then, he's posted notable finishes of T4, T8, and T13 in five return trips. More recently, Steele has secured his second career victory (2017 Safeway Open) and sits in 10th place on the FedExCup leaderboard. Other than his win in Napa, he's also picked up five additional top 25s this season. With recent form and course history converging, Steele should be considered a top-tier play this week in all fantasy formats.
Apr 19 - 4:18 PM

Brendan Steele roller-coastered his way to a 1-up victory over Tommy Fleetwood in round two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, reaching 1.5 points after two days of play.

Steele started the day to four straight pars but found himself 1-up after a Fleetwood bogey at the 3rd. Steele found trouble at the fifth, leading to a concession, taking the match back to all square. The highlight of the round for Steele came at the par-4 10th when he splashed home a 30'4" birdie to himself just 1-down thru 10. That may have turned the tides as it was all Steele from there, winning three of the next five holes to find himself 2-up. Fleetwood arrived in stellar form and already had a win to his name this week. After a tie in R1 and now this victory, Steele will enter Friday with 1.5 points, currently good for the lead of Group 16. He will control his own destiny as he readies for a match against Zach Johnson.
Mar 23 - 4:56 PM

Brendan Steele fought back from an early-week quintuple bogey to claw his way back above the cut line, firing a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in round two, reaching 2-under 138 after two days of play at The Honda Classic.

Steele opened on the back nine in round one and found himself at 6-over after passing through the Bear Trap. He circled a quintuple 9 at the par-4 14th after finding water three times. He rinsed another ball at the following hole to record a double bogey at the tricky par-3 15th. Since that rough patch, Steele circled 10 birdies and an eagle to offset a four-pack of bogeys. The 33-year-old showed tremendous resilience and is now safely through the cut line with a clean slate heading into the weekend. On the down side, Steele has signed just one red number in 12 weekend rounds at PGA National.
Feb 24 - 1:04 PM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 55 Brendan Steele back-pedaled with a 1-under-par 33-37=70 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, dropping six places to T7 on 11-under 202, five back of 54-hole leader Byeong Hun An, who shot 65.

The 33-year-old began the third frame co-leading with An on 10-under after kicking off in 65-67. He found nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, but circled just three birdies against two bogeys for 1.846 putts per GIR and -0.856 SG: Putting. The Californian circled birdie-3s at Nos. 1 and 5, the latter from 30 inches and the former a 17-footer from the fringe to turn 2-under, but outpaced birdie at the par-5 13th (from 6'6") with bogey-5s at 11 (failed scramble), and 17 after hitting his tee shot to the drivable par 4 into the water. Steele missed a chance for a bounce-back at the par-4 18th (from 8'7"), the only other birdie try he had from inside of 16 feet. He did win the season-opener in Napa, coming from four back with 7-under 65 to win by one and will need something similar tomorrow.
Feb 4 - 7:12 PM

World No. 55 Brendan Steele tossed up a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to reach 10-under 132, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead with Byeong Hun An. UPDATE: With play completed, Steele co-leads with An, one clear of four players, his fourth career 36-hole lead/co-lead, previously 0-for-3 converting.

The 33-year-old, who won the season-opener in Napa, was much steadier today than he was in R1. So steady in fact, he was sleepwalking on 1-under thru 14 holes, circling a lone birdie at the par-5 third (from the fringe), but awoke to card three birdies in his final four holes, including a birdie-birdie finish. The Californian landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.857 putts per GIR and -0.420 SG: Putting at last glance. His second birdie-4 of the round came at 15, 2-putting from 15'2", and ended with a bang, canning a 17'9" birdie at the par-4 17th and a 14-footer for a walk-off 3.
Feb 3 - 2:54 PM

Brendan Steele roller-coastered his way to a 6-under-par 35-30=65 during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, sharing a piece of second place, just one stroke behind current leader Matt Kuchar.

Steele kicked off his day on the back nine and climbed straight up the conveyor belt with four birdies and an eagle before making the turn. The eagle was not conventional as he came in the form of a 194-yard hole out at the par-4 14th. That eagle certainly helped pad his strokes gained approaching-the-green total, which ended at 3.15 as he walked off the course. After the turn, the track got choppy as he traded a three-pack of bogeys with three more birds. Steele has a trio of top-6 finishes at TPC Scottsdale already on his resume. Given the strong track record, stellar form, and great opening round, Steele is a serious contender to hoist the trophy come Sunday night.
Feb 2 - 7:32 PM

World No. 57 Brendan Steele authored a bogey-free 2-under-par 35-35=70 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 16-under 272, up two places to T5 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Steele finished in a two-way T6, four back of champion Hudson Swafford, who shot 67.

The UC-Riverside alum, runner-up in 2015, began R4 in solo 7th on 14-under after opening his seventh straight appearance in 68-64-70. He landed 11 (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.875 putts per GIR and a dismal -1.823 SG: Putting. The 33-year-old, who won his second TOUR title at the season-opener in Napa, circled birdies at Nos. 7 and 13, but missed three birdie tries from inside of nine feet, including a 3 foot, 7-inch whiff at the par-4 12th and an 8-footer at the par-4 18th.
Jan 22 - 5:34 PM

World No. 57 Brendan Steele battled to a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in today's third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 14-under 202, down two places on the live leaderboard to solo 6th.

The 33-year-old began the third round in a two-way T4, two back of 36-hole leader Hudson Swafford. Playing the Stadium Course, he landed nine (of 14) fairways and mustered just 11 greens in regulation, outpacing three bogeys with five birdies. The California native and resident squared the par-4 seventh, missing a par-saver from 3'10", hit his second to the par-4 10th into the water, but "saved" bogey from 26'4", and took bogey-4 at 13 (failed scramble). His birdies came at 1 (19'4"), 5 and 8, and then finished birdie-birdie from 12'10" and 10'3", respectively.
Jan 21 - 5:09 PM

Brendan Steele fired the low round of the day while taking on the Nicklaus Tournament Course in round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, signing for a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-32=64 to reach 12-under 132 on the week, placing him two strokes off the pace set by Hudson Swafford.

The SoCal native is taking full advantage of his local knowledge of the California desert. Steele was firing from the get-go, rolling in back-to-back birdies at the 10th and 11th to open his round. Tee-to-green, he didn't impress with just 12 greens in regulation, but his putting was superb to help him go 6-for-6 scrambling. Steele needed just 21 putts to make his way around the Nicklaus Tournament Course, a nine-putt improvement day-over-day. Perhaps adding to his confidence this week, Steele already has a win in California this season (Safeway Open). He had to battle the rain that week, as well. This round goes in the books as his lowest round of the new campaign, previously posting a 65 in R4 of that previously mentioned Safeway Open win.
Jan 20 - 4:44 PM